“I don’t want a black on my job”: Judge condemn foreman to pay $12,000 reais for racist act; claims he isn’t racist because his wife is black

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Note from BW of Brazil: Another day, and another example of why Brazil isn’t a racist country because ‘we are all equal’. As this blog has exposed this for so long, there’s nothing to even trip about in this story. It’s just Brazil doing one of the things it does best: discriminate against its black citizens. Even more typical is the excuse for why the accused claims to not be racist. Let’s get to the story…

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Man condemned to pay BRL 12,000 for racist act: “I don’t want blacks in my work,” said

The victim, a construction worker, suffered racism twice but remained silent because he needed the job

A foreman was ordered to pay BRL 12,000 for committing racism against a servant. On the occasion, Floriano Fernandes de Morais ordered Juarez Ferreira Duarte to leave the construction site. “I don’t want a black on my job,” he said.

The crime happened last year on a job in Ipameri, located in the state of Goiás. The servant suffered racism twice, but remained silent because he needed the job, as the case reports.  He then decided to file a police report.

The victim’s defense attorney, Moisés Elias, said Juarez “had to be fired from the company, where he was unemployed for three months, and was soon called back to work by the construction company,” but in another project.

Witnesses confirmed to the judge that the bricklayer’s servant suffered racial discrimination in two situations. The first was being in August of 2018.

The second situation happened the next day when the servant returned to work and heard from Floriano: “get away from here, I don’t want a black on the job”. Juarez left and registered the police report at a local police station with this narrative. A conciliation hearing was designated, but there was no agreement between the foreman and the servant.

The defendant’s lawyer, Leandro Vaz da Fonseca, said in a statement that the “sentence handed down is totally against the evidence collected during the procedural instruction phase, especially because it disregarded the fact that the alleged offenses alleged by the plaintiff were due to a previous disagreement caused by himself.” The defense also claims that the defendant’s wife is black, which would be contradictory on the part of the foreman committing acts of racism.

Note from BW of Brazil: So, here again, we have a classic case of racial discrimination and the Brazilian who denies being racist. The logic for why the defendant claims not being racist is also typically Brazilian. So, let me get this straight. The foreman orders the BLACK worker to leave the job site specifically because he is black…I’m trying to understand the logic behind the denial of being racist. He didn’t send the guy away because he was fat, because he was gay, because he was short, because he had a physical disability. He sent him away BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. In other words, BECAUSE of his race. Case closed.

Oh wait, here we also have the old, ‘my wife/friend/mother-in-law/cat is black so I can’t be racist excuse‘ reasoning. People, seriously, retire this excuse. I’ve already explained from incidents in my own life how I’ve witnessed how people can apparently accept one or a few people of a discriminated class of people but still harbor discriminatory views against said people as a whole. The ‘magic negro’ defense, the ‘special negro’ effect, the ‘some of my best friends are black’ excuse. Ridiculous. Even the judge wasn’t buying this laughable excuse. If you’re racist, just own up to it already. But seriously, what can we expect?  If the nation’s own president can use such as excuse, what can we expect from common everyday people? 

With information from Jornal de Brasília, Eldorado 790

 

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